The cold temperatures of winter keep many of us cooped up in our homes with the heat on and the windows and doors closed. Although the cold stays out – something pretty important does not get in . . . fresh air! Homes and offices need fresh air to help remove pollutants and keep us healthy.
One of the easiest ways to clean the air you breathe is to add houseplants to your home. In addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air, houseplants remove many of the indoor pollutants commonly found in detergents, carpeting, furniture and paints. You don’t need a fancy filtration system. Many scientists, government agencies and medical professionals agree the use of plants in your home will create a less toxic and more beneficial environment.
Try one of these houseplants in your home:
Snake Plant produces unusually high amounts of oxygen during the day.
Areca Palm is highly effective in removing carbon dioxide during the day.
Chinese Evergreen, Philodendron & Pothos all emit a high oxygen content.
Boston Fern is a natural air humidifier.
Ficus Plants are a great overall air purifier.
Don’t Forget about Herbs
Use herbs as an all-natural air freshener! Think outside the box. Place a fresh bunch of herbs in a vase in the living room, hang dried herbs in the coat closet or create a sachet of herbs for underneath your pillow.
Three popular herbs are rosemary, lavender and mint.
Rosemary– great for releasing humidity into the air and has a pleasant aroma.
Lavender– the fragrance is calming and can often help people sleep better.
Mint– makes the air easier to breathe – especially if you are sick.
Clean the air and add a fresh scent into your home this winter with houseplants. With little effort from you the plants will help you feel better, perform better and enjoy life to its fullest.
Houseplant Care Tips
- Choose one 10″-12″ plant or several smaller plants per 100 square feet of space for maximum benefits.
- Consider where you want to place the plants and how much light they require.
- Water your plants only when the soil is dry to the touch.
- Periodically dust the leaves with a damp cloth to ensure proper absorption of air particles and toxins. A clean plant is a happy plant!
- Keep the soil replenished by occasionally adding organic fertilizer and changing soil when needed.